The worth of souls is GREAT





KAMUSTA!

Sounds like it has been a crazy week with a lot of exciting stuff happening, And we're just as busy here on the other side of the world.
We have nine investigators with baptismal dates for the coming month and we are teaching three families that are progressing!
I am just constantly on a roller coaster of highs and lows. Like, we're sitting in sacrament meeting, and only 3 of 10 expected investigators have shown up. I keep looking to the doors but they aren't there. It's time for the sacrament and they're still not there. I'm crushed, I'm just feeeling so bad inside. And then Bishop gets my attention from the stand and points out the doors, indicating that someone is waiting out in the hall. Its the other seven!! They ALL came, they were just a little late. Now I'm just beaming, my heart is so full of love and gratitude it is ready to burst. And that is my life. Everyday. That is the life of a missionary. Constant and ever-alternating highs and lows, but the Lord is truly guiding us to the souls He has prepared. We are so blessed.

One of our favorite investigators right now, we will call him Olivar, has long hair (as in longer than mine) and if you saw him you would probably be very intimidated, but he is seriously so sweet and he always reads the assignments and follows everything we teach him. He works in the Bukid (rice fields) everyday from sun up to sun down. In fact when we did our activity planting the rice, he was the one who arranged for us to go there.

Anyway, he has a crazy background, he used to be apart of some organization and he got stabbed like 7 times and lived through it. We asked president Carlos if he has to cut his hair to get baptized and he said its not a requirement. We are teaching the Law of Chastity to him later tonight and we're just gonna bring it up gently and see if he is willing to cut it. I think his hair looks awesome, but it would sure be amazing to see such a huge change of appearance. Though the change on the inside is what matters most, and that's what he is doing!!!

We had an amazing lesson with him last week when we taught the Word of Wisdom. He's gonna have a rough time giving up cigarettes but he is totally willing. He has used everything on the list before, but has given most of it up already.
Anyway, during our lesson it started to rain like crazy and it was SUPER loud on their tin roof. We had to sit way close together and speak really loud, but the spirit was so strong we we all cried at the end (including Olivar) when we extended him a baptismal date for August 6 and he accepted it. We love Olivar!!


Well, thats all I have time for, you can pray for my investigators if you want to, they need it!
Have a FABULOUS week
sister webre

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This video is from when we worked in the "bukid" or rice field. It belongs to one of our investigators. We helped them plant and it was a hoot cuz we were ankle deep in mud. I don't know how much we really helped them though, because they are 10 times faster than us. This video is of them planting the rice.

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The Weekly


Last night I ate frog. It was good. Tasted like chicken :) The only other weird things I've eaten so far are chicken feet and snail. I've played it pretty safe so far I'd say. One of our investigators said he would find me a good snake and invite us for dinner soon.

We had the baptism of Renato and Mercedes saturday. It was great. One of the coolest parts is that Reymond (our Recent convert whom we baptized in May) was their baptizer!! How sweet is that??

The Cauilan family is still doing good. They all came to church yesterday. (except Ferdinand and Elizabeth) It took a lot of faith for them because Ronald (the dad) was not feeling well at all. They still came!

We're teaching a new family -- The Villaluz family. We like them a lot. They are the ones that fed me frog. Two of the kids came to church and we have only taught them twice!

Last but not least, We got to experience planting in the rice fields. I can't imagine doing that for a living, that's a hard life. But Its fun to try just for a couple hours. Mud is always guaranteed fun right? We also got to ride the Caribou, I've been wanted to do that FOREVER. It was totally awesome. I know you are all jealous. Maybe some time you should come to the Philippines and I'll introduce you to my friends and we'll all ride an caribou and eat frog and snail. Its a deal.

Have a good week and don't forget to smile!!




Love sister Webre

Cauilan Family

Sorry, this is gonna be REALLY short.
Last monday we went to this mini museum here in town and it was pretty lame, but for a missionary it was a great time! Those are some of the pictures we took.
Also glad to hear you are feeding the missionaries! I wonder if they will ever get sister missionaries in Brigham?

Carrot shakes are quite delicious. And nutritious. You should give it a try. I know you would like it mom.

The Cauilan family is stilling doing good! We visited "Bong Bong" (thats his nickname) last week and he came to the lesson last wednesday! We were so thrilled. He still is not very excited about listening to us, but we have hope that with time he will follow the example of his family. I love this family sooooo much. They've got my heart on a string, literally, like they didn't come to church yesterday and I just about died from heartbreak. Later we found out they had a legit reason, their baby was really sick. Anyway, We have a baptism this coming saturday. I will send you pictures next week. It is Renato Olimon and Mercedes Valdez. They are awesome! (of course) They are both widows (Is there a different term for males?) and super strong.

This week is transfers. We are REALLY hoping that there will be no transfer, but we don't know for sure. They better not transfer me because we still have to baptize the Cauilan family!!!

Well, you got a longer e-mail that you expected. Love you bunches!
fight satan
sister webre




Gold


Hi mommy
It was a good week.
The Cauilan family came to church yesterday. They had a side car put on their mortorcylce just so they could bring all their kids to church. Even though they are poor! Thats faith! We asked dad last night about his smoking and he said he is now only smoking 3 sticks a day. (It was ten last week) So, he's totally gonna quit that stuff all together real soon. we gave them a baptismal goal date for July 23.
As for his two oldest kids, one of them (Elizabeth) came to the lesson on friday night, but Frederick still hides from us. We have plans to visit them later today because they work right here in the market. You can run, but you can't hide Frederick! Sooner or later you're gonna join your family! Haha, just kidding. But seriously, it's true.
I'm not even worried about it. This family is gold.

We had to laugh when one of our investigators declared (in sunday school class) that God doesn't appear to man in our day and what was this we were teaching about Jospeph Smith seeing God and Jesus? It was funny because this is one of our most progressing investigators, and he is getting baptized in two weeks. We were kind of scratching our heads thinking...where did we go wrong? We have taught him already about Joseph Smith and the Restoration, but maybe it just didn't sink in the first time. Anyway, don't worry, we got it all sorted out and he believes. Renato is really cool because if something doesn't make sense he says it, and sometimes he has a lot of questions and even doubts, but as soon as we teach the principle especially from the scriptures, he always believes real easy.

We have another really cool investigator that we've been teaching only about two weeks. His name is Jhune Domingo but he goes by Jong. He is 35 and has two kids ages 13 and 10. His wife is working in a different country right now. He lives in one of the boonies of our area (the same place where the Cauilans live) but he has a tricycle and so its a pretty sweet deal because he always gives us rides for free. I think it is because he saw us walking back once in the hot sun and he felt bad. Its a REALLY long walk. When we first really started to talk to him before we taught the first lesson I used the "Don't you just feel like there is something missing in your life?" line, and he said "Yes, I really do." Then he agreed to let us help him find out how to fill that gap and what the purpose of his life was. He told us he wants to join this church. He must have told his neighbors too because even they were telling us--"he wants to be a mormon, that one"
We really like Jhune and we are excited to teach him.
Yesterday he asked us what things we can't drink/eat. Most of the time when people ask us this question it is because they are really considering investigating the church and they know they will need to follow those things. So we just smiled really big and said we would talk about it next time. I'm pretty sure he does everything in the word of wisdom, but it wont be a problem for him to give it all up because of his desire.

I'll keep you updated!
Enjoy the cold while it lasts!
Tell the Grandmas not to worry, I've been getting their Dear Elders!
I will keep praying for Grandpa!

Love you all
keep fighting Satan
sister webre

pics:
The cute boys were at the FHE we had at with the Cauilan family. In the ward here, they like to have FHE at progressing investigators houses, where the whole ward (usually about 20 people) gather with the family at their home and show them how FHE is done. Its usually a lot of fun and they play a lot of games. The video is one of the games they played.
We had these Jersey's made for our district. Pretty cool huh.
We have been doing a lot of service projects lately, mostly for members and consisting of WEEDING. The pits! But hey, that's REAL service right?


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